About Us

The Centre for Digital Business is an Australian-based organization connected globally with thought leaders and practitioners in the field of digital transformation and innovation.

Our global public and private sector experience covers strategy, policy, design, the delivery of significant government and business transformation initiatives, national and international operations, and major enterprise and industry capabilities.

Our mission is to be a trusted strategic advisor – to provide expert advice, compelling strategies, and thought leadership to governments, policy makers, business, technology firms and academic institutions on innovation and new capabilities to meet the challenges and opportunities arising from the digital era.

In addition, the Centre for Digital Business believes that the digital era provides society with a new approach to addressing disadvantage, and is committed to an ethos of philanthropy and the advancement and mentoring of women, particularly in the field of ICT.  The Centre for Digital Business supports the Indigenous Marathon Project.

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Marie Johnson

Managing Director & Chief Digital Officer


Marie JohnsonIndustry Experience

Government: Revenue, Immigration, Social Services, Business & Industry, Defence, Payments, Service Delivery Reform, Identity, Authentication, Whole of Government Architecture

Information Technology Strategy and Sales
Consulting, Financial Services


Bachelor of Arts – Deakin University

MBA – Melbourne Business School
Harvard University John F Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program

Marie Johnson is the Managing Director and Chief Digital Officer of the Centre for Digital Business.

Marie has extensive senior executive experience in the public and private sectors in Australia and internationally in technology and innovation.  As a Federal government agency Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Architect and services transformation strategist, Marie has delivered significant technology, innovation and digital services transformation programs across taxation, business, social services, payments and immigration operations in the Australian Government.

At Microsoft, Marie was the Worldwide Executive Director of Public Services and eGovernment based in Redmond USA.  In this role, Marie was Microsoft’s chief egovernment strategist leading a global team driving Public Services and eGovernment initiatives worldwide.  Microsoft recognised Marie’s egovernment knowledge as “…unique in the world and is of particular interest to Microsoft as we pursue our egovernment strategies”.

In 2006, the United Nation’s recognized the ground breaking work of the Business Entry Point ( which Marie led during the previous five years, with the 2006 United Nations Public Service Award in the category “Application of information and communication technology (ICT) in government: e-government.”

The egovernment and digital initiatives Marie has led have been also been recognised in Australia and globally as ground breaking achievements by other institutions such as the World Bank, OECD, Accenture and other global think tanks.

In 2006-2007, Marie was named “Innovative CIO of the Year – Australia”.

In 2009, Marie and her team at the Department of Human Services received the “Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management – Gold Award” for the BasicsCard Project.

In 2013, Marie was named one of Australia’s “100 Women of Influence”.

Marie is a Board Director of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).  Marie is a member of the NSW Government ICT Advisory Panel, which advises on transformation and ICT strategic directions for the NSW Government.  Marie is also a member of the NSW Accelerating Digital Government Taskforce.

Marie has acted as a trusted advisor to government leaders globally, and her experience includes advisory roles on government, non-government, not-for-profit, and academic councils and boards.

Marie is a sought after speaker, commentator and thought leader on topics such as digital disruption, egovernment, transformation and innovation.  She is also a contributor to the CIO Online magazine.

Marie has an MBA (Melbourne Business School); Bachelor of Arts; Harvard University John F Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program; and a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Marie is professionally and personally committed to advancing and mentoring women, particularly in the field of ICT and supporting philanthropic initiatives.  A fitness enthusiast, Marie has run half-marathons and marathons including the London Marathon in 2012 in a team of 10 that raised $100,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.  The Centre for Digital Business is a supporter of the Indigenous Marathon Project.

Al (Allan) Johnson

Director Enterprise Capability


Industry Experience


Al JohnsonGovernment: Defence, Health, Infrastructure, Rail,

Air Traffic Management.

Industry: Electricity and Water Utilities, Oil and Gas, Chemicals, Mining, Aviation

International ERP Consulting and Systems

Integration including Bid Management,

Design Lead and Advice to Government ERP

Project Executives


Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) – UTS

Al Johnson is the Director Enterprise Capability of the Centre for Digital Business. Al has deep technical and commercial expertise on all aspects of enterprise software projects, having held senior management and specialist positions with global organisations in all three ERP roles – customer, ERP software vendor and ERP systems integrator.  He has gained this experience with government and commercial organisations around the world, in industries as diverse as health, infrastructure, defence, electricity and water utilities, oil and gas, mining, air traffic control services, chemicals and plastics, rail transport, aviation manufacturing and operations and metals processing.  Al also has extensive experience in business transformation in many of these industries.

Commercially, Al has been a successful bid manager on large ERP implementation projects and software sales both in Australia and overseas.  He has advised government and private sector customers on how to deal with their software and implementation services vendors, acting as a trusted advisor during the complete ERP life cycle including RFT preparation, tender evaluation, contract negotiation and the subsequent implementation project.  Having worked in all ERP roles Al is able to offer a unique perspective to bidders and customers alike on their ERP activities.

Technically, Al has worked as a lead designer on ‘whole of business’ ERP projects and has also been a design specialist and subject matter expert on business transformation and software covering engineering, asset management, procurement and inventory, project management and human resources.   Al has deep subject matter expertise in the area of enterprise asset management (EAM), and has been the lead EAM designer on projects in South East Asia, the Middle East and North America. Al’s education and experience started at the trade level and includes professional engineering and business qualifications therefore he is able to relate to customers at all levels from the shop floor to the boardroom, in Australia and overseas.

Al’s main philanthropic interest is heart health.  He has qualified as a personal trainer with a speciality in exercise for heart patients, has raised thousands of dollars for the Heart Foundation, participates in patient education at local hospitals, speaks at heart and rehabilitation conferences, and is a supporter of the Indigenous Marathon Project.

Our Ethos

The Centre for Digital Business believes in giving back to the community, mentoring women, and developing emerging leaders.  Over the years, our team have been involved in activities which have raised tens of thousands of dollars for charities.  We believe that a commitment to health and fitness is an essential part of personal and professional growth and resilience.

We also believe that individuals and small businesses can make a big difference and every dollar counts –this is made all the more achievable and impactful in the digital world.

The Centre for Digital Business is very pleased to be a supporter of the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP).

Indigenous Marathon Project

About the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP):

IMP uses the marathon as a vehicle to promote healthy lifestyles to Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Running is accessible to any age, ability and location and has the tremendous power to install a sense of personal accomplishment when one has pushed beyond what they thought possible.

The project annually selects a group of young Indigenous men and women to complete the New York City Marathon with just 6 months of training. This highlights the incredible natural talent that exists within this population, with the hope to one day unearth an Indigenous long distance running champion to take on the African dominance.

The project uses running to change lives. The core running squad push their physical and mental boundaries to a whole new level, and after crossing the finish line of the biggest marathon in the world they know they can achieve anything. These runners are trained to become healthy lifestyle leaders by completing a Certificate IV in Health and Leisure with a focus on Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle. This qualification is used to promote community based health and exercise initiatives including the Deadly Fun Run Series. Runners become role models within their communities and are leaders in the promotion of health and physical exercise to address the high instance of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and renal failure.

Robert De Castella is the Ditrector of the Indigenous Marathon Project.